Final Girls by Riley Sager | Intricate and addictive thriller

June 29, 2017 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 12 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Final Girls by Riley Sager | Intricate and addictive thrillerFinal Girls
by Riley Sager
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Publication Date: July 11th 2017 by Dutton Books
Format: eARC
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5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout's knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media's attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy's doorstep. Blowing through Quincy's life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa's death come to light, Quincy's life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam's truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Quincy and her friends were on vacation at Pine Cottage when there’s a massacre. All of her 6 friends are murdered and she’s the only survivor. The media dubbed her one of the Final Girls, joining Lisa and Samantha, who were both survivors of murders. Ten years later, Quincy is still trying to move past it and is doing well, until Lisa is found with her wrists slit. Quincy is left rattled by this apparent suicide. Samantha ends up showing up at Quincy’s house, making Quincy relive her past. As new details surface about Lisa’s death, Quincy tries to unravel Sam’s truth from her lies, and trying to remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

Because we’ve suffered and lived, we have the power to inspire others who are suffering. It was bullshit. All of it.

Right from the start, this book had that suspenseful feel to it. It starts off ten years ago, with Quincy bleeding from stab wounds and running away from the cottage where her friends have been murdered. The media calls Quincy a Final Girl, which means it’s the last woman left alive at the end of a horror film. But Quincy doesn’t consider herself one of them, not even when another Final Girl, Lisa, calls her to teach her how to be a Final Girl.

All Quincy wants is to move past it all and in a way, she has. She’s living with her boyfriend, has a her hobby of baking. Everything seems fine, until Lisa is found with her wrists slit. This shatters Quincy’s life. Because of this apparent suicide, Samantha, another Final Girl, appears at Quincy’s house. Instead of Samantha helping Quincy, Sam pushes her to recover her memories, to really think of what happened, which in turn has Quincy questioning everything.

There were so many twists and turns! The plot is incredibly well-written. I thought I was understanding where the author was taking me, only to have to go back to where I started because I obviously knew nothing! My mind was reeling with all the possibilities. What left me completely stunned was seeing Quincy piece together her memories of what went down and when it all came together, I was completely shocked and speechlessFinal Girls kept me up until very late at night. I couldn’t go to sleep because this book demanded I read it. And I demanded answers! It was beyond addicting. I loved how the author wove together this intricate story. I still can’t believe this is a debut novel. It’s so very well done! I mean, I couldn’t even trust the narrator. I questioned everybody! Without a doubt, this was a thrilling ride!

I’m his creation, forged from blood and pain and the cold steel of a blade. I’m a fucking Final Girl.

Final Girls is an intense, addictive and intricate mystery thriller that will leave readers biting their nails, on the edge of their seat and their minds reeling, trying to guess what happened. It’s a must-read for 2017 and definitely a favorite of mine.

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12 responses to “Final Girls by Riley Sager | Intricate and addictive thriller

  1. WOW! That is such a traumatic premise. I can’t imagine what it must be like to have ALL your friends murdered. It sounds like a really thrilling premise though, and well-written. I will try to see if my library at home has any copies because I’m in the mood for something twisty.

  2. I’m so glad to see a review from someone who liked this. I have this one coming up, and I must admit it’s been so hot and cold with reviews that I’m nervous to read it. I’m hoping to like it, too.

    Great review!

  3. So this one kind of freaks me out a bit but I love a good mystery so I’m torn if I should read it or not! I’m usually the most critical with this genre because if I can guess what’s going to happen or how things went down too early in the book, I can’t shake it off. I like being surprised and it sometimes is really hard to do that to me. The fact that there were twists and turns in this and you couldn’t put it down sounds like a winner to me!

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